Bosses and workers enjoying changes
MP for TAUPO
With Christmas approaching our shops and businesses are noticing the workload difference.
The South Waikato community has strong local businesses benefiting from changes to employment law.
National is focused on creating jobs and providing the right conditions for economic growth, that’s why we’ve extended the 90-day trial period for new employees to all businesses.
National wants to make sure employers have the confidence to take on new staff and to expand job opportunities for people who struggle to get work.
In 2008 the National-led Government introduced the 90-day trial period for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
This has worked extremely well and is a win-win situation for employers and employees. A number of local businesses I have visited have used the 90 day trial period and have employed new staff under the provisions. Without the trial, these businesses would have been unable to take on new staff.
A Department of Labour report found that the vast majority of people employed on a trial period have remained in work. The report said that most employers thought dismissals during the trial period weren’t good and actively tried to avoid them.
Extending the 90-day trial period to all businesses is just one part of a package of employment law improvements that we passed into law.
The personal grievance process has been simplified to sort out employment problems faster, reduce costs and improve confidence in the system.
The Holidays Act has been improved to provide more certainty and reduce compliance costs. This includes giving employees the option of trading one of their four weeks’ annual leave for cash.
Cashing in the fourth week of leave can’t be raised in salary negotiations and can only be at the employee’s request. Maximum penalties will double for employers who don’t comply with the Holidays Act.
This change brings greater choice for employees in the South Waikato.
The chance to cash up a week of annual leave at the employee’s request has a great deal of public support and we know many people are looking forward to taking up the opportunity.
The Government is committed to maintaining a fair and equitable system that protects the rights of New Zealand workers.